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Nicola

Planning Your Open Farm Days Adventure

One of our favourite events of the year and, one of the very few that happens across the province is back for its 7th year. Open Farm Days is back with a recond number of farms participating in 2019 and they have their own beer which means there’s a greater chance of a being able to visit many farms near you, AND, the variety of farms is greater.

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In Contests, Lifestyle on
July 11, 2019

*Giveaway* With Simply Supper

Which person are you? The person who meal preps for the week on Sunday or, the person who is now panicking because “what on earth am I going to make”?

I’m perpetually person two. I’m not prepared, I don’t enjoy meal prepping or even cooking. Depending on what is going on at home with kids activities and work, our life can get a little chaotic. This is where Simply Supper has saved my life at least 3-4 times in the last month. Instead of reaching for Skip the Dishes or Papa Johns app, I’ve actually had a homemade meal in my house instead of take-out. When I say it’s been a game changer for this mess of a human (that’s me), it would be an understatement.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
July 4, 2019

Snow Valley Aerial Park

The day after the best camping trip ever at Rainbow Valley Campground with Arrkann we met with our families at the Rainbow Valley Aerial Park.

Climb to the top (if you dare) and you’ll get a birdseye view of Edmonton from one of the coolest outdoor parks in Edmonton. Rainbow Valley Aerial Park opened in 2016 and includes a mix of challenging all that God gave you in terms of core muscles (mine = zero), balance and good humour.

The safety gear

The Details

There are two price points; an online price and a “walk-up” price:

Walk Up Rate Online Rate
Individuals
OVER 140CM (+ 4′ 7″) tall
$42.00 $37.00
Individuals
UNDER 140CM (- 4′ 7″) tall
$29.00 $24.00
Family*
Up to 5 people
$134.00 $119.00

Kids under 140cm must be accompanied by an adult the entire time.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Everyone is given a lesson on safety before they start. The lesson takes about 15 mins. This is important because the Snow Valley Aerial Park uses a special “Clic-It” system to keep you safe.
  • You are strapped in the entire time. It’s like rock climbing, if you fall, that’s OK (it’s almost fun).
  • There are different levels from little kid level to “you are an absolute rock star” level at the top of the park.
  • The higher you go, the better it gets. When you get to the harder level there are caravans, bikes, picnic tables. It’s the best.

My Thoughts

This isn’t a cheap afternoon out, but, it was insanely fun. But again the cost……knowing my kids I’m glad my kids were older doing this for the first time. They know their limits and felt comfortable testing them. If my kids where younger, they wouldn’t know their boundaries like they do now. Again…every kid is different. There were kids on the course that were younger than mine and they were leaping heads and feet over everyone. They had no fear whatsoever which was amazing. If you want to get a deal, the rate drops to $25  when you book to start less than 3 hours before closing.

The Snow Valley Aerial Park is awesome for testing your skills and seeing your kids surprise themselves. The views from the top are fantastic and I think it’s a great place to test your limits (in a safe way).

In Calgary, Explore, Lifestyle on
April 25, 2019

Stay in a Hillside Burrow in Three Hills

If you (or your child) is a fan of folklore or JRR Tolkien… or just fun things that are different, they’re going to LOSE THEIR MIND about this new project from the good people at Good Knights.

Good Knights already have fantastic medieval glamping at their Three Hills location. The Encampment medieval camping includes an immersive medieval experience (without the filth and disease) including costumes and activities such as sword fight demonstrations, archery, and medieval craft workshops. 

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Beer Tours in Alberta

Alberta is BREWING (haha puns) over with craft breweries across the province. You may have heard of some of the bigger ones such as Yellowhead Brewery, Alley Cat or Grisly Paw, but there are hundreds of microbreweries making tasty delicious beer. There are now “…more than 125 existing and pending licenses” for independent craft brewers in Alberta.

 

“Alberta farmers grow some of the world’s most sought after barley and agricultural products. It only makes sense to grow the brewing industry right here and support good jobs from grain to glass,” said Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci

 

It would take a LONG time to track all these breweries down and taste the hoppy goodness, and thus enter in brewery tours. Brewery tours will take you to about 3-4 breweries and you’ll get the chance to talk to the brewmaster and sample some of the best of Alberta.

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In Lifestyle, Style on
March 28, 2019

Making the Switch to More Natural Products

I was never interested in green beauty products until I had kids. As a child of the 90’s I was well aware of testing on animals (thanks to campaigns from the Body Shop), but knew nothing about ingredients. Over the years I’ve learnt about the “body burden” and that when looking for products, it’s the ingredients we need to be looking at…not the marketing slogan that claims it’s natural.

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